Updates on the restoration of Western Pacific 0-6-0 number 165 at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola, California.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Glimpse into the Past


This scanned slide from the FRRS Collection shows our locomotive number 165 at Stockton, California sometime in the mid 1950's. It is on one of the "garden tracks" off the Stockton roundhouse turntable, most likely in storage after being retired in favor of diesel power. WP #909 A&B, a comparatively new set of General Motors FT series road power, is keeping 165 company, along with Tidewater Southern 70-ton General Electric switcher #742 in the last roundhouse stall. Lima built GS-64 class steam locomotive #486, now also obsolete after less than a decade of service, is coupled to the front pilot of our engine.

Today only the 165 survives. - JCA